MA Counselling Children and Young People

The MA Counselling Children and Young People is one of the only Masters courses of its kind. It offers a unique blend of knowledge and skills practice, and provides a pathway to many exciting opportunities within the field of therapeutic work with young people. It will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings.

The MA Counselling Children and Young People is a two-year course made up of one year’s training on the Postgraduate Diploma Counselling Children and Young People plus one year completing the Masters research and dissertation stage. The PG Diploma stage covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of counselling children and young people; on the Masters research and dissertation stage you will learn about research methods for studying Counselling Children and Young People and will undertake a research project of your choice relating to the subject area.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Newport City C

Following successful completion of the PG Diploma, students can proceed to the final Masters stage where you’ll have the opportunity to choose between conducting research and delivering a professional project in the community.

Dissertation – You will learn about the different research methods which help develop knowledge about consultative supervision. You will then put this into action in your own choice of research project, on a topic relevant to integrative counselling and psychotherapy. You will be allocated a personal supervisor to provide expert guidance, advice and support. This route is ideal for those wanting to develop a career in research.

Professional Project – You will design, deliver and evaluate an innovative pilot project in the community, either in a charity or public sector setting. You’ll follow the planning process required by the Big Lottery, and you’ll also learn how to work therapeutically with groups. This route is ideal for those wishing to develop their careers into project management or self-employment.


The Masters stage consists of six days teaching, one day of peer learning, and nine hours of project supervision.

This course runs over seven Mondays (9.30 to 4.30), from September 2019 to August 2020. You will also be required to attend monthly supervision meetings, to be arranged flexibly.

  • Induction – 30th September
  • Conducting your Literature Review – 7th October
  • Student presentations – 4th November
  • Project planning / Research overview – 2nd December
  • Working with groups / Qualitative analysis – 6th January
  • Facilitating training / Quantitative analysis – 3rd February
  • Monitoring and evaluation / Conceptual analysis – 2nd March


Masters research and dissertation stage: Research proposal, presentation, dissertation (18,000 words).

Professional project: journal (3,600 words), literature review (3,600 words), student presentation (20 minutes), project report (9000 words).


A light, modern suite of rooms at Newport City Campus. IT and library facilities including access to SPSS (statistics software).


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People as well as post-qualifying counselling experience or experience of working with young people
  • You must also be a registered member of an appropriate professional body, eg BACP
  • Two references must be uploaded with your application, and one must be from your clinical supervisor

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2019 – July 2020 Fees: USW will be offering a package of financial support for postgraduate study and this will be announced shortly.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU:  £1000 per 20 credits

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

The MA Counselling Children and Young People will enable you to become part of a new generation of professionals working within schools and other formal and informal youth settings. Once you’ve completed the Masters, you will have demonstrated that you have an in-depth knowledge of counselling children and yound people, including specialist knowledge gained by your own research findings. This is likely to further develop your reputation and career prospects as a counsellor.

On completion of the MA Counselling Children and Young People, there may also be opportunities for you to progress into further study via a PhD route on application, both at the University of South Wales and other UK universities.

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